Dream Job Prints
In My Element
Spots and Ladders
To the Ball
With the introduction of the 2017 prints, we'll be up to 255 Prints and 7 Solid Colours produced in the last 6 years!!!! For the 219 prints made between 2011-2016 here are some fun facts! We'll add to the numbers once all the 2017 prints have been announced!
Spectrum, Glow Bug Girl 2011, Glow Bug Boy 2011, Glow Bug Girl 2012, Glow Bug Boy 2012, Glow Bug Uni, Glow Bug White, Earth Fest, Picnic Party, Road Trip, Botanist, Brainiac, Explorer, Vista, Utopia and Whimsy.
Limited Edition Diapers: 7
Glow Bug Black, Citrus, Red Ugly Sweater, I Love Dad, White Ugly Sweater, Fluff Love and Snowman Ugly Sweater.
Special Revival Prints: 4
Mel, Rainbow, Treasure Island and I Love Mom
Prints with animals or animal print: 28
Cow, Kitten, Monkey Business, Puppy Paws, Vancouver, Monkeyville, Foxtrot, Parliament, Tweethearts, Twitterpated, Aviary, Sunny Safari. Treasure Island, Happy Camper, Into the Woods, Story Teller, Enchanted, Odette, Tiger Lily, Free Spirit, Painted Turtle, Hoot, Gobble, Hop, Crabby Pants and Mommy Duck
Prints with abstract designs: 20
Water/beach themed prints: 18
Flower themed prints: 18
Prints with bugs: 11
Prints with food: 8
Music themed prints: 7
Christmas prints: 6
Prints with rainbows: 6
Plaid prints: 5
Space prints: 4
Skull prints (the coolest print ever!): 1
As many of you are aware, the Holiday Prints project didn't come off as seamlessly as we would have hoped. We wanted to write this (very long) post to identify and clarify what went wrong, take responsibility for the issues that occurred and talk about how we are going to change how we do things in the future.
These issues did not only affect us as a company, of course, but also had a great impact on dozens of our customers, and was a source of much frustration, disappointment and stress both to our customers and to members of the Glow Bug team. For all of this we are so sorry, and have worked hard and tried to resolve these issues as best we can for the last couple of months.
The Revival project in 2015 and the Holiday Prints project in 2016 were both run in the same way on our end. We essentially collected orders for certain prints and then made to order those exact diapers. The process was such that once we had the total numbers set of diapers order, we had the fabric woven, printed for the quantity of each print, laminated, cut, sewn and snapped and then shipped to Canada and the US for distribution. Some larger orders were sent directly from China to the clients in North America.
We ran into two problems with the production process and one issue with shipping of the Holiday diapers and we want to explain what happened, acknowledge our fault in it and explain how things will change in the future.
For the two production issues, for some reason some of our lining fabric stock was exposed to dampness and grew mildew and also, one of our sewing teams misaligned the logo labels on the backs of the diapers instead of over the hip and then removed the labels and re-positioned them to the proper place leaving stitching holes in the fabric. Both of these quality issues affected only certain prints. However, we did not discover it until the stock was shipped direct to clients and to Canada and the US. This is a serious failure of quality control and checks on our end where we were rushing our production manager to quickly ship the diapers before the Mid-Autumn Festival (similar to Thanksgiving in China but lasts several days where the entire country goes on holidays and shipping stops) and the proper checks were not done, in order to meet the deadline.
We quickly realized when these issues were discovered, that they were compounded by the fact that it was almost impossible to rectify them immediately because that it was a "print to order" project. Typically when quality checks are done properly and we discover an issue with our regular stock, we can remove the defective diapers and replace them with other non-defective diapers of the same print to be able to ship out stock to North America (printing more of those defective prints the next time we go through a production cycle.) This was impossible with the Holiday "print to order" diapers because in most cases the entire stock that was made for certain prints (including the extras we made just in case) were affected and we were forced to re-print those prints entirely to fulfill the orders with stock that was not affected by mildew/tags or offer extra compensation diapers.
As a company, we have since made an important decision that in the future, we will no longer be doing any made to order projects but rather will be producing diapers that will only be put up for sale once the stock has arrived in North America for distribution. This way, if we do discover any issue whatsoever, we can adjust the stock numbers of what will actually be sold or re-print as necessary before the sale even begins. This will also cut the wait time significantlly, so everyone will be able to get their order within a matter of days, rather than months!
But don't worry! We will be doing another Revival project in 2017! This time with the 2017 Revival project, we will be simply producing a certain number of each of our most popular past prints and selling them individually once they are already in the US/Canada, and once they are gone, that's it!!! We believe this logistics change will result in happier customers, and less overall stress to everyone involved!
The quality problems, were not the only problem we had... Next was the issue with shipping direct from China. Eight shipments of large orders of Holiday diapers that were sent directly from China were lost and as of the beginning of November have not yet been delivered. The reason why we ship the larger orders is again to save time because usually these shipments from China take only a few business days to arrive.
These eight shipments were simply sent too close to the Mid-Autumn Festival to make it out of the country before the shut-down. Our shipping agent in China has informed us that this has affected many of his clients and it made it to the news in China. In the past when there has been a delay or "lost package" that was shipped direct from China we have had a 99% success rate with those packages being delivered within a few weeks however this has not been the case this time around. Because of the quality issues and re-printing we did not immediately have accurate stock numbers of the extra stock available to be able to at least partly re-send these orders. We now know that we also made the mistake of thinking that those packages would show up "any day now" and the issue would be resolved. We were wrong! We did not communicate our plans very well with the eight clients and as a result have greatly disappointed some of our best customers.
In the future, we will not only leave a much longer cushion of time for shipping before any national holiday but will have in place "worst case scenario" plans in the event of packages that become missing so that we can communicate exactly what we will do for any one of our clients where a crisis like this occurs including printing an even larger margin of extra diapers for each print and keeping better records of stock numbers in each of our shipping locations.
Overall, the last couple of months have been very challenging for our company. Although we have grown so much in the last 5 1/2 years and we now have a lot more people on our team, at the end of the day we are all moms working together to run a big business. Sometimes things just don't go as planned, and despite our greatest efforts, hard work and commitment in this case, we failed in providing the level of product and customer service in which we usually take great pride.
To all of you, our loyal fans, friends and customers, we want to say we are very sorry. We are sorry we did not plan everything properly, and more so, we are sorry that we did not deal with the situation in the most effective way once it fully unfolded. We promise you we will not repeat the mistakes we made and we will work harder than ever to deliver you the best products and service in the industry.
Sarah & Neta
We are getting ready for our new collection and need to make room in our warehouses!
The biggest, craziest, most unbelievable and irresistible Glow Bug sale EVER! The earlier you buy, the more you get - for less!
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*Your bundle of extra free diapers will be added automatically to your order when shipped, and will include any combination of random prints from our current collection, Revival diapers and/or Limited Edition diapers. We cannot accept print requests.
*The diaper packages will be offered (before the discount) for the regular retail price of $189 per package (you can add several packages to your order, each at $189 before you apply the discount code!).
*Some restrictions may apply. No other sales, promotions, discounts, coupons or referral discounts may be used with this promotion. Cannot be combined with other codes. Cannot be used in combination with wholesale orders or co-op deals.
We're thrilled to be one of the Honorable Mention award recipients in the 2015 Fluff Love Awards! With over 7000 cloth diaper users surveyed from over 55,000 Facebook group members (join the Facebook group here,) the award means a lot to us! Glow Bug gained fantastic feedback from the surveys where we received over 4 out of 5 stars in Customer Service, Overall Quality, Overall Satisfaction, Trimness and Cuteness. Check out the results for yourself here.
Congrats on your first anniversary, Fluff Love & CD Science! Check out their amazing website here.
For all orders that include at least one package of diapers, we will include an extra free diaper if the order is not shipped within 5 business days!*
*Excluding non-diaper orders, wholesale order and co-op orders.
*Photo is courtesy of our exclusive Israeli retailer Osho Posho www.oshoposho.com
In the last few months, we've been inundated with international orders! While our customers are still primarily located in North America, we've seen a big increase in European, Asian and African customers in 2015. It is so exciting to ship to so many exotic locations and to see amazing pictures of our diapers being displayed by retailers around the world. Not to mention so many American military families that are stationed all over the globe that have been ordering Glow Bugs through APO addresses.
We've had recent customers from Malaysia (Sweet Luna Shop www.sweetlunashop.com), Isreal (Osho Posho http://www.oshoposho.com), South Africa, Germany and Romania. We know about babies in at least 23 counties in Glow Bugs including Trinidad, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Belgium, Australia, France, Moldova, Indonesia, Cayman Islands, Belize, Curaçao, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.
We've sold diapers in every province and territory in Canada and every state in the US except Vermont!!! (email us if you have Glow Bugs and live in VT!) Yay, Glow Bug is everywhere!
The Great Cloth Diaper Change is a global event coordinated by the Real Diaper Association (RDA) that is taking place on April 18th, 2015 at 144 locations in 10 different countries around the world. The RDA is a collective non-profit organization in which parents and small businesses take the lead in creating a cultural shift to increase the use of simple, reusable cloth diapers. The RDA organizes local advocates and activists for cloth diapers through a member-supported, online resource center. The RDA trains organizers, distributes educational information, and supports local diaper circle groups, connecting cloth diapering families to cloth diaper resources and knowledge in their communities.
The Great Cloth Diaper Change was created to raise awareness about cloth diapers, to demonstrate how simple and affordable they are, and to raise funds for the RDA. Over the years they have grown and every year they set a new Guinness World Record for the most cloth diapers changed at the same time. In 2014, they set the current record with 8,429 babies changed at one time around the world. This year is shaping up to be even bigger and better!
Join your local Great Cloth Diaper Change! Get all the information at the website at: http://greatclothdiaperchange.com/ or check out the Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/greatclothdiaperchange
To join the GCDC we are hosting in Barrie, ON, please RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/672678756175596/
*Artwork courtesy of Christine O`Brien
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Since we celebrated Father’s Day this past weekend, we wanted to write a post honoring Dads who love cloth diapers to break down some of the stereotypes that only Moms can love cloth diapers. We’ve joked in the past about what our dream guy, Ryan Gosling, would say about cloth diapers (see the Pinterest Pin in greater detail here
) but the truth is that lots of Dads love cloth and are totally enthusiastic about the cause.
Cloth diaper loving Dads are Dads who are really concerned about chemical exposure to their kids and want to make their families more sustainable. They are Dads who care about the environment and want to save their family some money.
Believe it or not, Dads are frequently the ones making the purchase of diapers off of our website. We find that Dads are are actively involved in the decision to cloth diaper and have just as many questions about cloth diapers as their partners. Cloth diaper loving Dads are invested in the process so the work is never a big deal compared to the benefits that their baby and family receive.
We’ve noticed time and again at the Great Cloth Diaper Change, at Baby Shows and Cloth Diaper Workshops that Dads are taking an active roll in the decision to cloth diaper and we couldn’t be happier!
To all the Dads (Moms and caregivers) who are committed to the well being of their families and love to use cloth diapers on their babies, we salute you! Keep up the great work!
In 2013 we decided to make a huge change in the design of our diaper. We were not satisfied with the current design of the inner gussets of our diapers and wanted to take them to the next level. After testing different options for months, we perfected the sewing technique that would allow us to have a continuous oval shaped gusset inside our diapers. Neta is quite brilliant with sewing and spent many hours making prototypes perfecting the size of the oval and then tension of the elastic. Finally, in April 2013, we were able to unveil the Revolutionary 360° Gusset Diaper.
With so much time put into development, we knew that we would apply for a patent for the 360° Gusset. It took many months to get our application together. Finally, almost 1 year to the day of the release of the 360° Gusset we filed our patent application with great pride and relief. We knew that it would take about 1 month to hear back from the patent office with an official application receipt letter. When it came in the mail a few days ago, we couldn’t be happier that we can officially call our design patent pending! We feel great pride in the fact that we can contribute innovation and advancement in our industry. It is our vision that we can continue to evolve the design of our diapers in the coming years to and to introduce new products and designs to make cloth diapering even easier. Stay tuned!
After days of shifting through over 10,000 name suggestions in our most recent Name It to Win It Contest, we’ve announced the chosen names of the new Earth prints! Yay! Our fans suggested up to 1,300 names per print when we posted each one on our Facebook page. Once all the prints were posted, Sarah had the task of choosing one suggestion for each print. “Our fans are so creative. It was very hard to choose.” said Sarah who spent over 6 hours reviewing the entries and choosing the winners. The person who made the winning suggestion first, won the specific print. Asking for help in choosing the names of the prints is a great way for us to interact with our fans. We have had an amazing time with the naming contests for our last three packages. With an average of 1000 suggestions from fans per print, the task was not easy. Ultimately, it came down to a few factors on how we were able to settle on one name per print:
- No names with poop or butt references. We feel like so many other cloth diaper brands have already covered the territory
- We love music/art references! (Georgia O’Keefe, Fox Trot, Over the Rainbow, Starry Night)
- We love science references! (Parliament, Damselfly)
- The simpler the better. That was a tough one because some of the longer names were really creative.
- It must tie to the theme of the package in some way. Picnic Party had a lot of food names like Sundae, Cafe-au-lait, Aubergine and Confetti Cake where as the Road Trip package was full of car related names such as Barracuda, Greased Lightening and Route 66.
- It helps if it was a popular name with a lot of likes (makes sense if it is an awesome name.)
- It also helps if there is a personal meaning (Neta means Seedling in Hebrew, Sarah’s Dad is named Tom – Major Tom)
There comes a time when each family’s cloth diaper journey will end. When your last little one no longer needs diapers and all of a sudden you find yourself not knowing what to do with your carefully acquired fluffy stash. For me, it was a bittersweet experience. I noticed that my daughter Gloria was waking up dry in the morning more and more and I knew it was time. So with great happiness over her developmental milestone and a sadness over saying goodbye to her lovely diapers, I packed them up and put them into storage. Before I tell you what I plan on doing with my diapers, I will start from the beginning and tell the whole story of our cloth diaper journey.
Sarah and Gloria
When I was pregnant with my first daughter, I was convinced I would use cloth diapers. My mother used them on me after all so they were never an alien concept. I even worked next door to a natural parenting store that sold cloth diapers (where I took pre-natal yoga and met Neta.) In 2007, there was not a huge variety on the cloth diaper options available. I loved the concept of pocket diapers but knew that there would be no way my husband and I could afford the $600-$700 investment it would take to get the number of diapers we would need. I was disheartened when I made my feelings known that I would like to use cloth diapers to my family and friends only to hear discouraging feedback. I was told I would be too busy and tired and that I should not bother with cloth diapers. I did not receive any cloth diapers as baby gifts which is understandable since they were not readily available at the time and are still not sold in big box stores. So when my daughter was born, we started using disposable diapers. I felt bad about the situation but wasn’t sure what else to do. I am sure that many parents feel the same way who are curious about cloth diapers.
Using disposable diapers was not easy. My daughter had a particular talent for shooting poop up her back and into her sleepers. The very first time I ever took her out in public by myself, she had an explosive poop that filled her sleeper and car seat. I wanted to cry. I had never even used a change table in a public bathroom before and here I was giving her a sponge bath with wipes while tying to scrub her car seat with hand soap. Disposable diapers were smelly and disgusting and made me want to barf whenever we emptied her diaper pail. I kept to a tight budget so I could afford diapers. I exclusively breastfed for 6 months and grew veggies in our garden to make into baby food when our daughter started on solids. All good things (and highly recommended) but often necessary to even be able to afford to use disposables.
When my maternity leave was over, I changed career paths and started working for the natural parenting store. All of a sudden, I was surrounded by people who used and loved cloth diapers. My eyes were opened to the fact that it was no big deal, not a lot of hard work and much more affordable than disposable diapers. So, when Amelia was 19 months old, using my staff discount, I bought my first cloth diapers. They were fantastic. All I could afford were pre-folds and covers but I loved them. Then I invested in 2 pocket diapers and I thought I’d died and went to heaven. No leaks, EVER! She was comfy and happy and we were finally saving money. The days of the “poo snake” (what we called the diaper genie cartridge bag thing) was over and her room smelled so much nicer. And then before I knew it, she was done with diapers. Dry overnight at 27 months.
I knew I would use cloth diapers from day one with my next baby. I had seen the difference it could make and there was no going back for me. When I was pregnant, I started to gather diapers. I made it known that I would be only using cloth diapers and I did receive a generous gift card from my co-workers. I got two new pocket diapers with my $50 gift card and later got some pre-folds, and covers. Now I had 4 pocket diapers, 2 newborn covers, 2 one-size covers, 6 newborn pre-folds, 12 large pre-folds and several large covers. I knew it wouldn’t be enough. My aunt gave me a huge box of newborn disposable diapers and another huge one of size one diapers. I didn’t want to fall into the old trap of what happened with my first daughter. I used some of the disposables and then started on the cloth washing diapers every day. I knew it wouldn’t work out unless I could buy more diapers.
The story from here on in is the story of Glow Bug. Neta and I both needed more diapers so we did something crazy and started a company to fix the problem. It took us a few months to get on our feet but eventually, Gloria had all the diapers she would ever need.
So now that our family is done with diapers, is this the end of our cloth diaper journey? One of the greatest things about cloth diapers is that the end of one family’s cloth diaper journey could be just the beginning for another family. I will be donating Gloria’s diapers to Cloth for a Cause http://clothforacause.org/ which is a wonderful Canadian organization that is sponsored by Glow Bug Cloth Diapers. If you are interested in doing the same but live outside of Canada, there are lots of other cloth diaper banks all around the US that accept donations (links listed below are other cloth diaper banks that are sponsored by Glow Bug Cloth Diapers.) One day, when my girls are older, I will be very happy to tell them that not only did we do our part to reduce our household waste and environmental impact by using cloth diapers but we were able to pay it forward to another family to help them do the same. It feels good.
– Sarah Downey
Here are just a few organizations in the US that accept cloth diaper donations:
It’s our 3rd Anniversary! Oh, how the time has flown! We’ve had so much fun and connected with so many cloth diaper loving parents and we’re still going strong! Yay Glow Bug! To celebrate this milestone, we are having a free shipping sale and a giveaway.
Sale Details – Free shipping on all orders over $149 for Canada and the US. January 13th-20th www.glowbugclothdiapers.com/store
Giveaway Details – 3 prizes of 3 diapers in each prize. Open to residents of Canada and the US. January 13th-20th Enter to win on our Rafflecopter Giveaway tab on our Facebook page here.
“How can we make it easy for any parent to start using cloth diapers?” This is the question we asked ourselves before we started the company. Now you may ask, what does this have to do with gender stereotypes? Well, we decided that the simplest and easiest system would be to offer packages of diapers where our customers could get everything they need to use cloth diapers in one wet bag. To keep things simple for both our production process as well as our customers we decided to limit the package choices to two options. That is when we ran into the pink and blue problem. Typically, in our culture the two options available would be one for boys and the other for girls. Who decided these colours anyway? I remember reading a fabulous Smithsonian Magazine article that talks all about how our culture came to choose pink for girls and blue for boys in the last few decades. If you are interested, you can read the article here.
Gloria in her pit crew outfit
Personally, neither Neta nor I adhere to gender stereotypes for toys and clothes for our own children. So when it came to choosing the prints, we felt stuck in many ways and in the end we decided to go with the conventional pink and flowers for girls and blue and tools for boys. Our business sense told us that this would be the best way to make it easy for the most number of people to access cloth diapers in a visual structure that they are already comfortable and familiar with but our feminist selves always cringed at the thought that we were contributing to the often harmful gender stereotypes. Why can’t girls love tools and robots too? My 6 year old daughter dreams of becoming a mechanical engineer.
We listened to those feelings as well as our customers and their feedback and found that many other people felt the same way. So many of our customers were tired of being told “this is for girls” and “this is for boys.” Parents want the freedom to be able to make choices for their families not based on what any company says “should” be for their child. So in 2014, we have decided to do away with “gendering” the two collections and will be opting instead to name the collections based on the themes of the prints. Will we still have pink and flowers? Of course! Who wants to live in a world without flowers? We love pink and lavender and some of our “prettiest” prints have been our most popular prints of the past collections. The difference is that we will leave it up to our customers to decide what is the right package for their child and their tastes. When asking for advice on this topic, a wise friend told me that “change is slow but it does happen.” We are hoping that in some way, we are doing our part.
~ Sarah Downey, Co-Owner of Glow Bug Cloth Diapers